The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Upcycled Bowling Alley Table for World Champion Boxer

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Upcycled Bowling Alley Table for World Champion BoxerI was honored to build a table to support Mike Evgen (world famous “Rice Street Rocker” and former Welterweight champion of the world) and his vision to provide a positive environment for local youth of the Rice Street area of St. Paul where I grew up. Mike is converting an old bowling alley into a boxing gym, and so I used a chunk of bowling alley wood as the table top. I laser engraved the gym's logo into the top, engraved Mike's name into the front panel, and added some inlayed walnut dots to look like the original bowling alley. The section of wood that I used was actually from the landing area where bowlers sit and drink beer, rather than the alley itself where the ball is rolled, so it was about half the thickness (1.25” vs. 2.5”), so I doubled up on the end to give it a heftier appearance. These sections were MUCH easier to work with than the thicker chunks. I enjoyed the project but this wood was so full of nails, and they were randomly placed (I went through a few circular saw blades), it introduced some challenges.



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Keepsake Box for Church Auction

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Keepsake Box for Church AuctionThis is a Walnut Keepsake Box I made for the annual auction at our church. I made it for our 1st Grade class and their retiring teacher Mrs. Dahlhauser. The box is made from Black Walnut that was harvested from a local tree on a farm north of us. The walnut was air dried to a moisture content of 8-9%.The Keepsake Box features the first name autographs of the 14 1st graders that I lasered into the bottom of the box along with honoring Mrs. Dahlhauser and the 1st Grade Class in the center.The box also features lock mitered corners, 4 corner continuous grain matched box and base trim, Brusso Hardware, hand pad applied Shellac finish, hand rubbed/polished and waxed to a satin sheen.I am happy to say one of the 1st grade parents won the auction, so the box is with a Trinity School family.



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Drill organizer/charging station

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Drill organizer/charging stationContinuing with my analysis paralysis therapy, here's another project that should have been done long ago but for my fear of wanting to redesign it as soon as it's done. I've got the cordless tools I've got for various reasons (sales mostly) but I've always thought at some point down the road maybe I'll find the perfect tool at the perfect price and replace everything with one brand/style. As unlikely or distant in the future this may be I've never wanted to commit to a specific hanger design given I am not currently sure what these tools may look like. I've yet to see a hanger/shelf design that seemed versatile enough for the tools I currently have AND the ones that I don't yet, and may never, have.I recently got a Domino XL and while playing around with it and figuring out what it can do had the aha moment that allowed me to start and finish this relatively quickly. The cabinet itself is made from some baltic birch from an old cabinet I repurposed (hence the upper shelve's dado joint) and is really nothing different than the hundreds+ you'll see out there with the exception of its reconfigurable drill hangershelf. The dominos holding the shelf are not glued in place so that the shelf can be removed and replaced with a new one with custom cut-outs for any new tools I get down the road.Chargers on the top shelf are tilted a bit to allow for (slightly) easier battery exchanges and are simply zip-tied down. I got a cheap HF (redundant I know) 4 plug power strip to plug them all into and organised the excess cords with more zip ties. Hung it on the wall and glad I finally done did it.



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